Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I do the bulk of my beer buying at Party Pak Liquors just off of Stop 11 and Madison on Indianapolis's south side.
The first time I went there I wasn't expecting what I would find there. The outside of the building isn't very inviting or indicative of what you will find inside it's doors. Walking in you see huge stacks of the big three from floor to ceiling. (The big three are Bud, Miller, and Coors or BMC) and you look to your right hand side and there are rows of shelfs with the best selection you are going to find of craft beer, import beer, or style of beer you could imagine. The store is set up to easily find craft beer from another state, a whole section of just Indiana craft beer, a whole section of just bombers (22 oz bottles), one entire four shelf rack dedicated to Belgium, the same for Germany, England, and Canada.
Something I really like is that ability to break up a six pack and create your own six pack of anything (or 3 pack or 5 pack it's your choice). It's a great way to really start testing your palate and a way to discover what you will and won't like. It isn't much fun buying a sixer of something and taking your first drink and it tastes horrible or doesn't agree with you and you still have 5 unopened beers staring you in the face that you don't want to drink.
My only downfall of this place is pricing labels. I will have to admit that a new person came on taking over the beer section and the labeling problem seems to be getting fixed, but still about the half the store doesn't have pricing, so you have to keep asking the price at the counter, but I think the new guy is getting it fixed. It's so packed in the store with beer it isn't easy to move around, and in the very front of the store it's hard to see what's on the bottom shelf, but that's not a bad problem to have. It can be annoying though.
You will not find a better selection of beer anywhere in Indy. A few others try to come close, but you just can't beat Party Pak.
4.5 Pints out of 5.